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10 things to do in South Sound this weekend, July 25-27

Starting Friday

Public art competition

Thirteen pieces of public art have been installed for the yearlong Percival Landing Sculpture Exhibition. Visitors can vote for their favorite, and the sculpture with the most votes will be purchased by the city of Olympia. The opening reception is 5:30-7 p.m. Friday (July 25) at the Harbor House, 325 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Voting ends Aug. 31, and the exhibit continues until June at Percival Landing. There is no charge to see the art. Ballots are at the reception and near the sculptures. Voters must view all 13 sculptures. Ballots can be submitted at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, or at the Boat Moorage Kiosk on the landing, or can be mailed to the center. For more information, call 360-709-2678 or go to


Love songs with a little twang

With hits songs including "I Swear," "I Love the Way You Love Me," "Letters From Home" and "I Can Love You Like That," John Michael Montgomery is one of country music's iconic performers. He's coming to the Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester, for an 8 p.m. concert Friday (July 25). Tickets are $20-$60 and available online at

Friday & Saturday

Tunes in Tenino

It's a homecoming for Adam Craig and his band at the 4 Square Mile Music Festival in Tenino this weekend. The hometown country star will be joining local musicians for a night of music benefiting the Tenino Quarry pool, the Tenino School District and the Adam Craig Foundation. Food and refreshment will be supplied by Scatter Creek Winery, Simply Organic Cafe and Catering, Big T BBQ, and Street Donuts. The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday (July 25) and Saturday at Tenino City Park. Tickets are $15 and available online at


Celebrating the pioneer era

Tenino hosts its annual Oregon Trail Days starting Friday evening (July 25) and running through the weekend. It's an old-fashioned festival with classic kids' games including sack races and needle in haystack, plus black-powder shooters, vendors and trappers. For more information, go to


Shakespeare times 3

It is a terrible, wonderful weekend for lovers of Shakespeare. Three of the area’s most notable theater companies are producing three different plays by the Bard, all with their own fantastic twists. How will you choose? Read on.

Animal Fire Theatre is launching the romantic comedy “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” considered by many to be William Shakespeare's first play. It will be performing the play at three locations over the next three weeks. This weekend, catch it at Olympia’s Priest Point Park at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The park is at 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. Admission is free. Be sure to bring chairs, blankets, jackets and picnics.

Harlequin Productions' rockin' musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" is in its last weekend at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $38 general, $35 seniors and military, $25 students and those younger than 25.

It also is the last weekend to see Olympia Little Theatre's quirky production of "The Tempest,” setting Shakespeare's characters in the Land of Oz. It continues this weekend at the company's theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$14 at, at Yenney Music and at the door. For more information, call 360-786-9484 or go to the website.


Fun with fungi

Celebrate fungi at the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival. Learn about mushroom culinary uses at cooking demonstrations and discover what it takes to grow them, all at the Lacey-Thurston County Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Road SE, Olympia. The festival also includes live entertainment, food, a kids' zone and farm tours. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5. Go to


Old meets new

Buster Keaton's 1926 silent film "The General" hurtles into the 21st century with an original score and live musical accompaniment by Chicago experimental pop band Quasar Wut-Wut. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Admission is free. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to You also can listen to a sample of the score at


Classics outdoors

Enjoy a free, family friendly concert when the Olympia Symphony Orchestra performs its 8th annual Concert at the Capitol on Sunday evening on the west lawn of the Capitol Campus. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sounds of the symphony starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the diagonal area of the grounds west of Tivoli Fountain. The concert will contain some pieces from the past season, plus some surprises.